The mother of three is thousands of miles from her husband and two kids, but says it's part of the job

Kelly Ripa is 3,000 miles from her two kids and husband, actor Mark Consuelos, this summer.

“Both my son [Michael, 19] and my daughter [Lola, 15] are with Mark in California,” the Live with Kelly host tells PEOPLE at the 19th Annual NY Super Saturday, a fashion sale benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance on Saturday in Water Mill, New York.

“They’re all working out there. The two teens are doing internships. They’re working at film houses, and Mark is working on a TV show for Fox called Pitch. It’s going to be the hottest show of the fall.”

Kelly Ripa family

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But Ripa does have one New York partner in crime: her 13-year-old son, Joaquin.

“I’m here in New York with our youngest son,” she says. “And then when I go on vacation, we’ll meet up with them. We’ll go out there, because that is where they are.”

Ripa probably hasn’t had too much vacation time lately. The star has been busy (but tells PEOPLE she’s “loving”) looking for a new co-host after the sudden departure of her former co-host Michael Strahan, but she says her long-distance relationship with her husband is part of the job.

“We’re actors,” she replies when asked whether the bicoastal lifestyle has been difficult. “We’ve done it for years. It’s not hard. It’s actually something we’re quite good at.”

She is, however, very grateful to her son Joaquin, whom she calls her “constant companion.”


“He’s come to work with me every day,” she says. “We’ve been thinking about putting him to work. He’s going to, I think, interview some kids for a ‘back to school’ segment for our show. So, why not? It’s an employment summer for the Consuelos kids.”

— Blake Bakkila and Jeffrey Slonim